University of Tulsa Professor of Spanish and Linguistics Eduardo Faingold has accepted an invitation to join the prestigious group responsible for analyzing language policy and advising the UN on language minority rights and endangered languages. The organization is known as the Study Group on Language and the United Nations.
Lifetime membership is reserved for the world’s top language policy experts who meet at the group’s annual symposium in New York City. Faingold has served in the TU Department of Languages since 1995 and has published eight books and 50 papers on psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, language policy, immigration studies, Spanish in the United States and language rights.
Faingold is recognized internationally for writing five major papers since 2004 on the topics of language rights in constitutions as well as statutes of Europe and the United States. The articles were published in the journal Language Problems and Language Planning. He also authored the expert witness report in a major Oklahoma language discrimination case in 2006. The work inspired his research emphasis on language rights and how law affects linguistic minorities.
A member of the International Academy of Linguistic Law and the International Society for Language Studies, Faingold holds degrees from Tel-Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will attend his first meeting with the Study Group on Language and the United Nations in 2016.